Autumn Splendor and a Glimpse of What’s Coming
Many people say autumn is their favorite season in the Northern Wilds. They are enraptured with the autumn foliage—bold swaths of gold and orange that grace craggy hills and reflect in brilliance from mirror-still lakes. They like the way you can be outside and not encounter biting insects. Or how you can hike or paddle in comfortable temps. Some even like the stormy weather, especially the way it creates big waves on Lake Superior.
We like all of that stuff, too, as do our writers and photographers. In this issue of Northern Wilds, we join them on some of their favorite fall adventures. Photographer Mike Furtman takes us into the marsh, which is alive with wildlife at this time of year. We join hunter Gord Ellis in the woods to learn about how to use trail cameras to record not only game movements, but also comings and goings of all manner of wildlife.
Kayak guide and photographer Bryan Hansel teaches us what makes a wave, while Elle Andra-Warner explains likely happened when the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald went down on a storm-tossed Superior. Be sure to check out the North Notes section for a spectacular photograph of an angry wave racing up the cliff beneath Split Rock Lighthouse.
We also have some news for our readers and advertisers. Beginning in December, Northern Wilds will be a monthly publication. We will merge it with our sister publication, North Shore Highway 61, which covers arts and entertainment and contains our Ultimate Real Estate Guide. The new Northern Wilds will continue to be available free on over 200 locations from Duluth to beyond Thunder Bay, as well as being mailed to all Cook County households.
We are excited about this transition, because we can now create a magazine that truly reflects everything this wonderful place has to offer. Folks who live and visit here love the North Shore and the wilderness beyond for many reasons—the scenery, the wealth of outdoor fun, the vibrant arts scene, good restaurants, interesting people and friendly communities. You’ll find a little bit of all of that in our next issue. We hope you like it.—Shawn Perich and Amber Pratt